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May 2011

Suffolk Lambs on the Isle of Wight - Matt Legge

Suffolk Sheep Society 125th Anniversary Conchar Flock View Day

Chief Executive Update

Having won the Central & Western Scotland 2010 Flock Competition David & Paula Reid will host a viewing day of the Conchar Flock. This will take place on Sunday 5th June from 12 noon, with lunch being provided. Those who plan to attend should contact the Reid Family on 07710 679 972 so that lunch arrangements can be made.

Semen for Sale Members can advertise for free on the Suffolk Society Website. Just send the ram details, price, photo and contact details to zara@suffolksheep.org

It gives me great pleasure in notifying members that the Society has successfully branded Suffolk lamb under the banner “Quality Suffolk Lamb”. An application was lodged with the UK and Irish Patent Authorities in November 2010. Our application was approved by the UK patent office in March 2011. The process is still ongoing with the Irish authorities. The Patent, known as a Certification Mark is owned solely by the Suffolk Sheep Society. The Society successfully obtained a £800 grant from Invest NI to cover the legal costs in obtaining a successful patent application. Negotiations are still ongoing with various retailers so watch this space.

Embryo Transfer Charge The Suffolk Sheep Society has been monitoring the use of AI and ET use within the breed. There is concern that the genetic pool of the Suffolk breed is narrowing which has long term negative implications. Modern breeding technology offers a tremendous tool for breeders but its overuse can lead to problems. For this reason Council has decided to impose a £15 charge on all ET lambs that are birth notified commencing 1st October 2011. Please note that all members have until the end of June to BN lambs before late fees commence. This provides members ample time to remove their bottom end thus avoiding this fee.

Effect of BN Charge on Performance Recording Flocks Council recognises the financial penalty that performance recorded flocks incur with BN fees. Unlike other flocks that can cull off their bottom end and avoid paying the BN charge, recording flocks must BN all lambs if their EBVs are not to suffer. Council would welcome some debate on this issue from Performance Recorded members and on the establishment of a Performance Recording Group. Please contact the Society Office with your comments.

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May 2011

NSA Events for 2011 8th June

North Sheep (West Nubbock Farm, Hexham, Northumberland)

14th June

Sheep South West (Stantor B arton Farm, Marldon, Paignton, Devon by kind Invitation of Andrew Palk & family)

4th July

Sheep NI (B allymena Livestock Market)

1st August

Wales & B order Early Ram Sale (Royal Welsh Showground, B uilth Wells)

17th August

South West Region Ram Sale (Exeter Livestock Centre)

If there is an event you want to advertise, why not do it here. Contact the Society with the details and we’ll do the rest!

13th September Ulster B ank/ NSA Performance Recorded Ram Sale (Dungannon Farmers Mart) (tbc) 19th September Wales & B order Main Ram Sale (Royal Welsh Showground, B uilth Wells) For more information on any of the above events go to www.nationalsheep.org.uk

The Original Suffolk on Adam Henson’s Farm The Suffolk Society approached Adam Henson in 2010 to see if he would recreate the original Suffolk sheep to celebrate the Societies 125th anniversary. The picture (on left) shows a Norfolk Horn Ewe with the lambs sired by a Southdown Ram. These two lambs are what our forefathers would have commenced with in the 1700’s to create the Suffolk breed of today. This photo was taken by Adam’s shepherd, Mike Caunter, on Adam’s Farm when the lambs were 3/4 days old. This story has appeared on Countryfile on two separate occasions with Society Chairman Michael Weaver who is now regarded as a Champion Sheep Catcher!! We look forward to seeing the lambs at weaning and I would encourage members to visit Adam’s farm.

Suffolk Breed Analysis dates for 2011

Ram Proformas

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IMAGES OF THE PRODUCTS CAN BE VIEWED ON THE WEBSITE All Suffolk clothing has the Suffolk Society Logo embroidered on the left breast as standard in a colour which best suits the product colour and your personal choice. In addition to the Society logo you can have your prefix embroidered, this is included in the price. If you wish to have information embroidered on the back of the item there will be an additional charge. Postage & Packaging is included in the price stated but may change for larger orders. The Society aim to dispatch orders as soon as possible. A more accurate delivery tim e will be given at time of order. Please place all orders by telephone - 028 2563 2342


125 TH AN N IVE RSARY

Suffolk Sheep Society Unit B, Ballymena Livestock Market 1 Woodside Park Ballymena Co. Antrim BT42 4HG Phone: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 Fax: +44 (0) 28 2563 2739 E-mail: lewismcc@suffolksheep.org catherinef@suffolksheep.org

This Newsletter is only as good as EWE make it… if you have any topics that you wish to discuss, or have any news updates or anything in general please email: zara@suffolksheep.org or post to the Society Office.

Reminders: BIRTH NOTIFICATION FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE 30TH JUNE PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ALL ANIMALS HAVE BEEN BIRTH NOTIFIED BEFORE ENTERING THEM FOR A SALE

zara@suffolksheep.org

Photograph Copyright The Society would like to Every effort has been made advise that any image to ensure the accuracy of forwarded for use in the information in this Society Publications must publication. No responsibil- be owned by members and ity can be accepted by the is not subject to Copyright Socie ty for any errors or cost. Any image that is any reliance on the use of subject to Copyright will be informatio n by the reader. met by the member.

2011 Shows Eire Suffolk Championships 5th June, Kilkenny Mart Three Counties 17th -19th June RHAS 23rd -26th June (Judging 23rd @ 9am)

2011 Photographic Competition

Great Yorkshire 12th - 14th July RWAS 18th -21st July

2011 National Flock Competition

1. Pedigree group of ram lambs or shearling rams. 2. Pedigree ewe flock. 3. Suffolk ram running with commercial ewes.

The Soci ety i s currently accepti ng entri es for the

4. Commercial ewe with Suffolk cross lambs.

2011 National Flock Competition

5. Commercial Suffolk cross lambs weaned in a field of grass Entri es can be made by contacti ng the Soci ety or forage crop. Offi ce 6. Growing up with Suffolks.

tel. +44 (0) 28 2563 2342

7. A S uffolk winter scene (The winner of this section will be used on the 2011 Society Christmas Card)

Colour photos must be taken wi th at least a 10 mega pi xel camera & sent vi a email to the Soci ety Offi ce before 31st October 2011

emai l. lewismcc@suffolksheep.org Entri es will close on Friday 26th August wi th judgi ng commencing i n early October.

Each Category Winner Receives £25

Society Sale Dates National (Shrewsbury)

Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd July

Scotland (Stirling)

Thursday 28th & Friday 29th July

Ballymena

Tuesday 2nd August

Roscrea

Friday 5th & Saturday 6th August

Builth

Monday 1st August

Carlisle

Friday 12th August

Liz Needham Photographic Competition 2010 Section Winner


May 2011 Central & Western Scotland Our AGM was held at the Hollandbush Clubhouse in March and our guest speaker Mr David Walker (local feed rep) had some members nearly rocking off their chairs with laughter in what turned out to be a most enlightening night. Chairman, John Buchanan (Buchood) and Vice, Wm Lennox (Netherholm) go on to serve their second year in service. Champion Flock 2009 View Day Alex, Grace and Russell Gray hosted an “open” view day at Langside in June which included their 3 sheep breeds. Luckily the sun shone on some excellent stock which were in prime condition,. Sincere thanks to the Gray family for their organisation and hard work which contributed to making this event such a success. Prize Winne rs. B ack row (l-r): Robert Percival (judge) W allace Haining, David Reid, Peter Club Show McFadgean, Tom Steve nson (sponso r). Front row This event was held at Lanark Market on the 20th June and judged by (l-r): Judith B arbo ur, John Lundy, Paula Reid. Mr Michael Black (Collessie). The show Champion was Iain & Judith Barbour’s 1st prize ewe. Reserve Champion was the 1st prize gimmer shown by Wm Borthwick (Bankend). Best Opposite Sex was J &J F leming’s 1st prize ram lamb and Best Gigot lam b was won by Alex Gray. Show & Sale This event was held at Lanark Market in October and judged by Mr Norman Douglas, Catslackburn, Yarrow, Selkirk, The 1st prize ram lamb and overall Champion was brought out by Mr Jim Frame (Caighthornhill). Reserve went to Iain & Judith Barbour’s (Solwaybank/Ewebank) and also 2nd prize ram lamb. The shearling class was won by David Gilmour (Broomknowes). Numbers forward were slightly up on the year, with trade not as buoyant as 2009. The Hamish Stoddart Sheild for the highest average (three or more ram lambs) went to David Gilmour (Broomknowes) – £330 for 5. Flock Competition Seven flocks entered this year’s competition which was judged by Mr Robert Percival (Ghyllbank). The results and prizes presented at the dinner at the Hollandbush Clubhouse were as follows: Champion: David & Paula Reid (Conchar) Reserve Champion: Ashley Bothwell (Smithston) Small Flock: 1. John Lundy (Lundazi) 2. Elaine Wilk ie (Islay) 3. Wallace Haining (Highdrum) Medium Flocks

1. Ashley Bothwell (Smithston)

Large Flock

1. David & Paula Reid (Conchar)

Ewe Lambs

1. John Lundy

2. Wm Lennox (Netherholm)

2. David & Paula Reid 3. Wallace Haining

Special Prizes

Best 5 Ewe Lambs Wallace Haining Best Stud Ram Plasllewelyn Panache Peter McFadzean (Cairn) The Chanelle Show Points winner for 2010 was announced and outright winner with 67 points was Iain & Judith Barbour and equal runners-up Ashley Bothwell and David Gilmour with 21 points.

The Rocking Sheep Company specialise in hand made life size Rocking Sheep & Lambs. All items are made from natural materials sourced in the UK including the fleece. Not only are there rocking versions but also as a 'Sheep Seat' or footstools without the bow rockers (something to put your feet up on after a days work!) The Rocking Sheep Company is offering Members of the Suffolk Sheep Society £50 off any Ivory Fleece Rocking Ram, Ewe or Lamb. Call Simon on 01766 781 234 or for more pictures and details go to www.therockingsheepcompany.co.uk

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